The Butler Bulldogs are starting a new era for its college basketball program this season. With Chris Holtmann leaving for the Ohio State gig, LaVall Jordan is now the new main man in charge.
Another notable change that might happen this season: Butler is trying to get the OK to serve booze at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
According to the Indianapolis Star, the school has already applied for a permit.
“Butler has communicated this plan to those who live near campus,” Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in a statement, “and the permit application has been supported by the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association.
“Butler is committed to maintaining the exciting and positive gameday experience that our fans and their families enjoy for all contests that take place on our campus.”
Back to the unpaid laborers trotting about hardwoods across the nation for our entertainment.
A former Butler player and assistant coach, Jordan is coming off his first season as a head coach. At Milwaukee, he went only 11-24 last season. The team did manage to make some noise come tournament time. During the Horizon League tournament, Milwaukee played itself all the way to the championship game.
The program advanced to the past three NCAA Tournaments under Holtmann. Since joining the Big East Conference, the Bulldogs have made regular strides in becoming an annual national program. It will be interesting to see if a coaching change will halt that sort of progression.
The good news is that with Barry Collier still manning the AD position, Butler remains in good hands.